How to use editing to zhuzh up your story

7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

There’s a recipe for audio storytelling. Host intro, the anecdotal lede, then the spinach-y middle of the sandwich with the experts, facts and larger context stuffed in. At the end, you return to the character you visited at the start, do your sign-off cue and you’re out.

It doesn’t have to be like this. In this class, A.C. Valdez an award-winning producer now at The Atlantic will help you to step outside of that routine to glam up your narrative nonfiction writing. He’ll take you inside an editor’s brain, walk you through real world examples of non-traditonal storytelling structure, and ultimately teach you what you can get away with while still doing journalism.

You will be emailed a link to the workshop two hours before it begins. 

About Your Instructor

A.C. Valdez

A.C. Valdez is an award-winning audio producer and editor, currently working with The Atlantic. Previously, he edited Guns & America, a collaborative reporting project, which chronicled the role of guns in American life and helped to develop the Pulitzer-winning podcast No Compromise. At the Panoply podcast network, he produced About Race, was founding producer of’s The Ezra Klein Show (now Vox Conversations) and The Weeds, and recruited the team behind Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. A.C. was also a longtime producer of Chris Guillebeau’s Side Hustle School, one of the top-downloaded podcasts of 2017. His other work in public radio includes production of shows such as Tell Me More, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and America Abroad. His leadership at Latino USA won the show its first Peabody Award in its 20+ year history and tripled its audience in two years. A.C. is a graduate of Emerson College. He lives in Washington, D.C.